Q&A: Director Dan Shadur on ‘Before the Revolution’

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For a certain group of Israelis in the 1960s and ‘70s, Tehran, Iran was a utopia. Enjoying close relations with the Shah’s regime, their paradise was built on construction contracts, weapons sales, and oil. Then the Iranian Revolution arrived. In what begins as a nostalgic quest to understand his family’s glory days, Dan Shadur’s tale […]

Q&A: Director Matt Goldman on ‘The Last Safari’

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When renowned photojournalist Elizabeth L. Gilbert returns to the Rift Valley in Africa to visit the tribes she photographed just a decade earlier, she bears witness to the changes wrought on the region. After her book is published, she hires a crew from Nairobi to assist her in screening a cinema slideshow to tribes-people, like […]

HIFF 2013 Golden Starfish Competition Announced: Narratives, Docs and Shorts

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Fifteen films have been selected to compete in this year’s Golden Starfish competition at the 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival, including five films each in the documentary, narrative and short film categories. “The films in our Golden Starfish section allow us to shine a light on exciting new work by emerging filmmakers from around the […]

Q&A: Director Eric Steel on ‘Kiss the Water’

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For decades, on the edge of the Scottish coast, the enigmatic Megan Boyd learned and perfected the obscure craft of fly-making for fishermen. She twirled bits of feather, fur, silver, and gold into elaborate fishing flies, at once miniature works of art and absolutely lethal. Hailed as some of the best flies ever made, they […]

Q&A: Director Kevin Connolly on ‘Big Shot’

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In 1996, the once-dominant New York Islanders were in serious trouble. Then along came a Dallas businessman named John Spano, who swooped in and agreed to buy the team for $165 million. Things began to look up for the Islanders—way up. But it was all smoke and mirrors. Big Shot goes inside an extraordinary scandal […]